Arts and Culture near Brown Bear Cabins

UpstART seeks to Awaken, Enliven & Entertain audiences in Ouray County and beyond, by presenting professional quality theater and education through a Rural/Urban collaboration of artists.

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The Wright Opera House Inc.

Who We Are
The mission of Friends of the Wright Opera House is to purchase, renovate and expand the historic Wright Opera House to create a shared venue for arts related non-profit organizations.

The Wright Opera House features year round events, entertainment, movies, parties, special events, weddings and meetings.

 The Wright Opera House is available for public and private parties, weddings, meetings and a variety of other events.

The Wright Opera House is available to local non-profits as a location for hosting their Board or planning meetings.

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Ridgway Railroad Museum

Ridgway Railroad Museum displays the history of Ouray County's world-reknown Rio Grande Southern, Silverton and D&RG narrow-gauge railroads.

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Weehawken Creative Arts Centers Weehawken Creative Arts Centers

Weehawken Creative Arts is a 501c3 nonprofit organization with classrooms in Ouray and Ridgway.   Our mission "provide high quality arts education and personal growth programs within our community year-round."

Weehawken has three rented facilities where many programs take place:

  • Weehawken Ouray:  735 Main Street (next to Wildflower Boutique. Note: this is a classroom only.  Administrators are generally located in Ridgway.)
  • Weehawken Ridgway (and office):  1075 Sherman Street, Ste 201 (the old schoolhouse building)
  • Weehawken's Soulshine Artists Collective in Ridgway at 167 N. Cora Street (upstairs - shared artist studio space).
  • In addition, Weehawken offers workshops and classes in additional facilities and outdoors whenever necessary.
  • Weehawken's Office Hours are varied as the staff is split between multiple communities and organizations.  Best practice is to call us first to make sure we are in the office:  970.318.0150.
  • Weehawken Children's Garden in Ouray:  our children's garden is adjacent to a building commonly referred to by locals as "The Biota Building."  The address in google maps is:  14815 US 550, Ridgway, CO  81432.  It is just outside of town on your way towards Ridgway on your left, just before you hit Rotary Park, 2 minutes from the Ouray Visitor's Center.

For over a decade, Weehawken Creative Arts has been transforming the lives of children and adults in Ouray County and beyond through our dance program, art education offerings and beloved community events.   At our Arts Centers in Ouray and Ridgway, our extraordinary instructors offer high-quality classes and workshops for adults and kids year-round, in just about everything you can imagine – from fine arts and photography to creative writing to movement arts like fencing, karate and a full dance program.   


The Weehawken Children’s Garden (2 minutes by car from the Ouray Visitor's Center) is well worth a visit, offering an enchanting play-land for pint-sized Weehawken participants.

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Ouray Alchemist & Penthouse Suite Ouray Alchemist & Penthouse Suite

Extensive historic pharmacy and medical collection dating back to 350 BC for your viewing with a special focus on Colorado and Wild West pharmacy related items.  Admission charge of $10.00 to that area of the store includes an extensive personal tour. It is best to call ahead to schedule a tour due to limited space per tour.  Tours are given at scheduled times during the summer season. 970-325-4003  The museum is behind the beautifully restored Aspen Drug fixture c.1888 and cannot be seen from the street even though the whole store has antiques and looks like a museum.  We are often the number one attraction in Ouray on trip advisor!

Our gift section in the front of the store has antiques, unique finds, jewelry, art, collectibles, oxygen, t-shirts, old fashioned candy and over the counter drug items including free pharmacist advice.

Our luxury short-term rental suite is available year-round.  It sleeps 2-3 with the best views in town.  Free Wi Fi, full kitchen, AC and two decks, grill, infloor heating, washer and dryer.  Rates range from $188 to 258/night and $1216 to 1706 per week depending on the season. Watch the moon rise up over the Ampitheatre from bed through the curved picture window. Absolutely breathtaking!  It is a complete unit, not just a bedroom. Call 970-325-4003 to check availability.

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Ouray County Ranch History Museum

OPEN Sundays June - Sept. 1-5 p.m., FREE ADMISION
Located in the historic Colona School a quarter mi. west of Hwy. 550 on Ouray County Rd 1. The museum is OPEN every Sunday afternoon June through September. Storytelling at 3 p.m.
Info: 970 626-5726.

Celebrating the pioneer ranchers of Ouray County and the Uncompahgre Valley! Stop in and see us! Open in the summer on Sunday from 1p.m.-5 p.m.

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Bachelor-Syracuse Mine Tour Bachelor-Syracuse Mine Tour

Tour a real Silver and Gold mine. You will walk 1,500 feet into Gold Hill accompanied by a trained guide. You will experience history at the ground level - the way the miners experienced it in the past century - and learn about the rich ore veins, work environment and equipment used in mining.

Other activities available at the Bachelor-Syracuse Mine are: Gold panning instruction, Outdoor Cafe, turn-of-the-century Blacksmith shop, and a Gift Shop featuring fun toys for the kids, jewelry and mineral samples.

Great for group activities, and something for every age. Our facility is also available for special events and outdoor sunset dinners in our scenic cafe for groups of eight or more. Call us for more group information!

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Old Hundred Gold Mine Tour

Go underground in a real gold mine! Ride the electric mine train 1/3 mile into Galena Mountain for live mining demonstrations. You'll see operating drills, skip, slusher, mucker and honey waggon - all original San Juan mining equipment from famous mines like the Camp Bird, Idarado, and Sunnyside. See the incredible 1907 "Cliff Dwellers" boarding house perched precariously on the cliff at 12,000 high above the tour. Do your own mining at the sluce boxes outside.   A covered picnic area is available for your convenience. FREE gold, silver and copper panning with the purchase of a tour! Tour operates May 15 through September 30th. Tours depart on the hour every hour starting at 10 am. Last tour goes in at 4 pm. Adults $18.95, Seniors $16.95, Children ages 5 - 12 $9.95, 4 and under Free. No Reservations needed! Be sure to arrive early to purchase your tickets.

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Ouray County Historical Museum Ouray County Historical Museum

Visit the Ouray County Historical Museum ay 420 Sixth Avenue in Ouray and experience the incredible history of this intimate mountain community. The museum building was originally St. Joseph's Miners' Hospital, built in 1886 through contributions from mine owners and businessmen. In the building's early days the Sisters of Mercy operated the hospital with staff coming from Durango, Colorado and Omaha, Nebraska. It was a hospital until 1964. In 1971 the Ouray County Historical Society began exhibiting in the building and in 1976 purchased the building for a museum. There are three floors containing exhibits in twenty-nine rooms. Many additional displays are located in hall cases, alcoves and the original hospital dumb waiters. The Museum staff are continually updating and expanding the displays.

The Museum features a Research Center located at 722 Main Street in Ouray containing the Ross Moore Library of 7,000 books on Mining, geology and southwestern US History, 25,000 original historical documents and over 6,000 photos. The research center may be visited by appointment only. To schedule an appointment please call 970-325-4576 or email us at Learn more about the research center by visiting our web site under Ross Moore Library.

The museum houses an impressive mineral collection, Ute Indian displays, mine exhibits, railroading and ranching exhibits, hospital operating rooms from the 1890s and the 1940s and a patient room just for starters. Also included are Victorian era displays, WWI and WWII military memorabilia from Ouray residents who served in those wars, historical exhibits of all kinds, photographs, and books! The museum is child-friendly with an activity finder book and exhibits for little visitors.

Special summer exhibits include the annual Quilt Show, The Dressing Room: Ouray Fashion Trhough 1945, and Ouray's Hot Springs, 90th Anniversary of the Hot Springs Pool in Photos and Text. In addition we have guided tours of Ouray's Main Street, the Cedar Hill Cemetery, and the Silverton Railroad grade on Red Mountain. See our web site calendar for details.

The mission of the Ouray County Historical Society (OCHS) is to preserve, protect, procure, exhibit and interpret whatever may relate to the natural, social and cultural history of Ouray County and the adjacent San Juan Mountain region of Colorado. Most of the collection spans the time period from 1875 through the World War II era. 

The Smithsonian Institution calls it one of the best little museums in the West! Arthur Frommer's Idiots Guide to the Rockies says: "If you visit one county museum in Colorado make it the Ouray Museum."

In 2006 the Museum received eight fireproof filing cabinets containing the historical notes and photographs of noted author and historian Doris Gregory. In 2002 and 2006 the Museum received a large collection of valuable minerals from John H. Marshall. These beautiful specimen Read More

Ouray County Performing Arts Guild Ouray County Performing Arts Guild

For 36 years, Ouray County Performing Arts Guild has brought the finest entertainment in the performing arts for the enjoyment of residents and visitors to Ouray County. Please visit our website, for more performance information and tickets.

2018 Events:

March 3 - Heartbeat "Live As One" a cappella choir concert
4:00 p.m. - Wright Opera House in Ouray

March 10 - Peter Davison - Objectivity Dance Theater
2:00 p.m. - Wright Opera House in Ouray

April 27 - Miguel Espinoza Flamenco Fusion
7:30 p.m. - Wright Opera House in Ouray

May 25 - Tracy Bundy
7:30 p.m. - Wright Opera House in Ouray

June 15 - Susan Ellinger, Piano and Abigail Fischer, Soprano
7:30 p.m. - Wright Opera House in Ouray

July 13 - Acoustic Eidolon
7:30 p.m. - Wright Opera House in Ouray

August TBA San Juan Chamber MusicFest

August TBA - Classical Cafe', San Juan Chamber MusicFest
7:30 p.m. - 4H Events Center in Ridgway

August TBA - 36th Annual Festival Concert, San Juan Chamber MusicFest
7:30 p.m. - Wright Opera House in Ouray

August TBA - Afternoon Salon Concert, San Juan Chamber MusicFest
Private home in Montrose

August TBA - Free Children's Concert, San Juan Chamber MusicFest
Sherbino Theater in Ridgway

August TBA - Dinner Salon Concert, San Juan Chamber MusicFest
5:00 p.m. - Private home in Ridgway

September 14 - Hiroya Tsukamoto - Japanese guitarist/singer
7:30 p.m. - Wright Opera House in Ouray

Check back for more  scheduled concerts later in the season!


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